The Department offers training for varying periods.
Training leading to the award of DM degree: Candidates who have passed MD in Internal Medicine from a recognized Medical College or University and have an interest in Gastroenterology are eligible to apply. For this programme candidates are selected through a two-step competitive examination held at the national level. The examination includes a written test comprising of 80 multiple choice questions. Candidates are shortlisted and called for an practical and viva-voce examination. The practical examination may include case discussions, radiology films and clinical problems. The dates for these examinations are announced in the national newspapers. The sessions start biannually in January and July. The entrance examinations are held in May and December for the corresponding session. Currently there are 13 fellows in this programme including 3 sponsored candidates. Candidates are requested to refer to the prospectus issued by the Dean AIIMS for further details as well as number of seats during each session.
During this superspecialization training, fellows have clinical training getting exposed to diverse patient population presenting with a broad range of GI disorders and handle all kinds of GI emergencies during this period. They are also trained in various procedures such as liver biopsy, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures including upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy and ERCP. They are also exposed to advanced procedures/ newer techniques such as fibroscan, portal hemodynamics, endoscopic ultrasonography and enteroscopy. They have combined clinical rounds and discussions with departments of GI surgery, radiology and pathology. They complete two theses dissertations during this periods working on clinically relevant and endemic problems.
Short term training programme (Observer status): This may last for 1 to 6 months. As an observer, the candidate will not be given responsibilities in patient care but will be expected to attend the clinical rounds, observe operations and participate in the academic meetings.
Training leading to award of PhD Degree: Entrance examination which consists of a multiple choice based theory examination and a viva voce is held twice a year to select candidates for admission to PhD course.